(Closed) How the heck do you decide on a stroller and car seat!?!

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@MRSLMA:  I was sooo like you- totally overwhelmed and had no clue what I wanted in a stroller.  I did some basic research about brands and read reviews and it might as well have been in latin for all the sense it made.  Then my amazing in-laws took us shopping as an early Christmas present.  We went to Baby’s R Us, and it was the best thing.  All their strollers and car seats are set up and on display so you can try them.  We spend about an hour pulling different ones off the shelf, opening them, collapsing them, playing with straps and buckles etc. There were a few that had good reviews I thought I would like that I hated, and some that I hadn’t even considered that were awesome.  We left with a Safety 1st travel system, (Thank you Mother-In-Law and FIL) and I love it.  

The store had someone working the stroller section who helped us try them all out, showed us how they worked and was really patient with the fact that I wanted to try 8 million different ones.  Even if you don’t buy there, I would say its worth a trip to try out the strollers in person- then you can always hunt online for the best deal on the model you like.  It was the only store we had gone to that had so many on display, and let you try them.  All the other stores I’d been to (Walmart, Target, Sears, etc) either didn’t have the strollers assembled and on display, or had them put together but chained down to preven theft so you really couldn’t try opening/closing etc.  

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For the strollers I went with the ones with best reviews that offered the features I was looking for. We ended up getting the Britax B-Ready. For carseat, I had just started researching infant carseats when SIL said we could have hers since baby will be out of it when ours is born (it’s never been in an accident and doesn’t expire for a few more years), and it’s one that will work with our stroller if we buy an adapter. I’m thrilled that she has a peg perego which is rated high for safety, but also expensive so we likely wouldn’t have bought it for ourselves.

For the most part, infant car seats are pretty close to the same when it comes to safety ratings thanks to regulation so pretty much you’ll end up deciding based on things like fabrics, canopy sizes etc..

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not pregnant yet, but been doing research since we plan on trying soon and I’m a freak. Lol

First, you have to decide if you want a travel system (baby carrier/infant carseat/stroller all in 1 which you will have to buy a bigger car seat once they reach the weight limit) or a convertible car seat (which can grow with the child from 5 lbs to some 35-45 lbs) and a separate stroller.

It is all personal preference. Most people go for the travel system for the convenience among other reasons that I don’t really understand. For me, I dont feel comfortable with never/rarely taking the baby out of its carrier. That just seems really weird to me that people are “afraid” to wake the baby or just like the convenience of the carrier. Babies are meant to be held, not sit in a carrier from the house to the car to wherever you are going. 

So I’ve been looking at: UppaBaby Vista Stroller or the Britax B Ready Stroller to use with The First Years True Fit Car Seat or the or MyRide 65 car seat. 

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@m33:  I’m going with an infant carseat for safety reasons, as the convertible are not as recommended for newborn age but more for when they outgrow infant carseats. I definitely still plan on holding my baby. Convenience is definitely part of it at times though, like being able to grocery shop without a baby in your arms for example. I don’t think a baby being in a carseat from the house to the car to wherever you’re going is a long time? Typically you stick the baby in the carrier minutes before you leave the house, and take them out again when you reach your destination?

An interesting perspective though, I’ve never known anyone to use a convertible from birth so it’s unfamiliar to me.

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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@m33:  Infant seats are saver than convertible ones. As for not wanting to wake the baby… once you are pregnant and these are realities you may think differently about it, but if I go to pick up DH at work at 11:30pm, I don’t want to unnecessarily wake the baby. That in no way means my baby won’t be held. These things are not mutually exclusive. Plus, the infant seat/carrier is a great place to keep baby if you are going out to eat. I don’t plan to keep baby in his/her Moby wrap for an hour and a half while I sit at a table and eat dinner with my friends. I don’t think I know anyone who rarely/never takes the baby out of the carrier and most are usually leaving the seat in the car.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@MrsSawyer: @mrsSonthebeach Like I said, it is all personal preference. Just because I don’t have the same opinions as you doesn’t make either of us wrong. Those are just some reasons that I have noticed with other family members and friends and what helped me make my decision. I much rather hold my baby or put themin a wrap or other carrier than a bulky baby carrier from a travel system. 

Post # 23
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Bumble Beekeeper

I would say to spend the extra and get the infant seat. When they are small, it’s so much easier to transport them because they often fall asleep in the car. And, like others have said, infant seats are safer for tiny babies. I don’t think I’d go with a travel system unless you are SURE you like both the carseat and the stroller. We made that mistake and I hate, hate, hate our Graco stroller than came in our travel system. It’s a huge, bulky monster. 

We ended up with a Graco infant seat, a Britax Marathon convertible and the BabyJogger CityMini stroller. The car seats were chosen based on safety ratings. Both brands have very high ratings. As for the stroller, we were down between the CityMini and the Britax B-Agile and I preferred the CityMini. The whole stroller feels better made. The materials are thicker, the handle was rubber instead of foam, it fold and unfolds easier, etc.

When stroller shopping, look for things like a decent sized canopy, good (and easily accessible) cargo space underneath, weight, ease of folding. You’re not going to want to lug something heavy and bulky in and out of your car. I’d go into a store like BuyBuyBaby and test out a bunch. They carry everything from the Graco travel systems to the high-end brands.

 

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@m33:  It may be personal preference, yes… but it’s all in how you express that opinion. Your statements came off a little preachy and disparaging. In order for people to respect what you choose to do, you have to respect their decisions also. Statements like yours just perpetuate the “mom-petition”.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@hergreenapples:  Thanks for posting that link!  Super helpful!!

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Honestly, bad mom here… I tasked hubby with picking out the carseat & stroller. I was just way over whelmed with it all. He picked the Chicco Keyfit 30. Took me to a small mom & pop store and the guy showed us all about them and talked them up. He had more expensive ones so it wasn’t like he was going after price. Now we just need to decide on a color. Hubby is forcing me to go gender neutral and not the pink that I wanted. 

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

We have different brands here, so I can’t really comment on those systems. In Australia, it looks like there are two main ways to do it.

A pram that is compatible with an infant carrier attached/as a car-seat (only suitable up to 6months) & then needing a 6month-4year booster car seat. (I suppose like your Snap and Go type scenarios.)

A pram that is suitable for newborns+ (but also has the option for an infant carrier to be attached) – so you could either use it with, or without the carrier.

A pram that is suitable for newborns & a separate convertible car-seat.

I went with this last option, as the price of the infant carrier (for 6 months) is as expensive as our Steelcraft pram. We asked around before buying a convertible car-seat (from newborn to 4 years, approx) and heard that this is a more practical option.. provided that you:

a) use the newborn inserts provided to give more security to bub
b) keep it rear-facing in your car for as long as possible & with full-tilt
c) get it installed correctly by a supplier. 

To each their own, though. If money wasn’t an option, we might have done the infant carrier too – but it wasn’t in the cards for us.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We went with Britax B-Safe infant seat and B-Agile stroller.

We went to the store and played with the strollers, I originally thought I wanted the CityMini, but after test-driving them I liked the B-Agile the best.

For car seats, I looked at Graco, Britax, and Chicco; they seem to be the top brands most people like that are mid-range price. Since we were getting the B-Agile, it made sense to get the Britax B-Safe carseat.

 

I would recommend getting an infant seat. It’s REALLY NICE to be able to take the whole seat with you as not to disturb a sleeping baby. And newborns are kind of a pain to get in and out of the seat all the time, so the infant seat is nice for that reason too.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Great thread! Adding it to my favorites for future use!

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